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AMD releases Ryzen 5 3500X

by on16 April 2021

At a stupid price

AMD's Ryzen 5 3500X, which has been only on sale in China is being flogged at a ridiculous price as a retail chip in several online American stores.

On Amazon, you can find the 3500X going for $219.99 and on it is selling for $173.99.

Amazons price of $219.99 makes a more competitive processor from Intel's mid-range Comet Lake and Rocket Lake lineup look good. In fact  Some of the best mid-range CPUs like Intel's Core i5-10600K are going for the same price.  Hell, you can pick up Intel's Core i5-11400 and 11400F which you can find for $180.  We never thought we would see the day where AMD could be beaten by Chipzilla on price over spec.

To make matters worse the 3500X AMD's cheapest CPU to purchase as the Ryzen 3 3300X and 3100 is as rare as hen’s teeth.

It is not that it is a bad chip. It has six Zen 2 cores, 32MB of L3 cache, and a core frequency of 3.6GHz base and 4.1GHz boost.

But really the only way to justify that price is if you jack the chip under the bonnet of a cheap B450 motherboard. Intel's equivalent B460 motherboards are just $10 to $20 more expensive than a similarly specced B450 board so you are not really saving much.

It looks like AMD might have performed an own goal here as most of the reviews for the Ryzen 5 3500X were good.  It is likely that the chip shortage has just pushed up the price.

Last modified on 16 April 2021
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